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Olivier Occean
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Personal information
Full name Olivier Occean
Date of birth October 23, 1981 (1981-10-23) (age 28)
Place of birth    Brossard, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Centre forward
Club information
Current club Lillestrøm
Number 30
Youth career

2001–2003
Longueuil Select Rive-Sud
Southern Connecticut State University
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
2002–2003
2004–2005
2006–
Vermont Voltage
Odd Grenland
Lillestrøm

46 (22)
88 (33)   
National team2
2004– Canada 17 0(2)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 22 December 2009.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 22 December 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Olivier Occean (born October 23, 1981 in Brossard, Quebec, Canada) is a Canadian soccer player, who currently plays for Lillestrøm of the Norwegian Tippeligaen.

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Club career

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College soccer

Occean played college soccer at Southern Connecticut State University in the NCAA Division II, from 2001 to 2003. Whilst at the college, Occean was twice named an NCAA All-American. He finished his career with 57 goals, including 21 as a senior, and 22 in 2001. During this time he also played for Vermont Voltage in the USL Premier Development League.

Upon graduating from college, Occean was selected 26th overall in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft by the MetroStars. Occean surprised many by coming from an unheralded Division II program and impressing, and looked likely to make the team. However, Occean surprised even more when, while the MetroStars were playing in the preseason La Manga Cup, Occean impressed the Metrostars' competitors Odd Grenland so much that the team immediately offered him a contract. With Major League Soccer not willing to compete financially with the Norwegian club, Occean ended up with Odd.

Odd Grenland

Occean immediately impressed in Norway, earning a starting spot and immediately scoring goals. In his first season with Odd Grenland, Occean led the team in goals with 14, although the team slumped to a mid-table finish.

Lillestrøm

He signed a 5-year contract with Lillestrøm on December 10, 2005. The deal was worth approximately €885,000 plus about €126,000 in possible incentive pay. After a promising start however, his first season with the club was marred by a five month goal-drought broken only in the very last match of the season. Occean then faced the challenge of living up to the price tag and in the 2007 and 2008 seasons, the muscular striker bagged in 12 goals for the club.

International career

He made his debut for Canada in a May 2004 friendly match against Wales and, by December 2009, has earned a total of 17 caps, scoring 2 goals. He has represented Canada in 7 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[1] and at the 2005.

International goals

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 9 February 2005 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland 1-0 1-0 Friendly match
2 22 August 2007 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik, Iceland  Iceland 1-1 1-1 Friendly match

Honours

Norway Norway

Lillestrøm SK

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